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Chess For Success

The "Frankenstein-Dracula," the "King's Indian" and the "Fried Liver" are all famous ways to do what? As this week's V.I.P., International Grandmaster of chess Maurice Ashley, knows, they're all strategies to begin a chess match. In this episode, Ashley divulges his own chess-playing strategy that combines Zen-like meditation with CIA-like mind games.

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Lights! Camera! Answers?

This week, Ask Me Another goes celluloid by revisiting some favorite movie games from the past two seasons. We'll mash up plots, contemplate why some films have such ridiculous titles, and even get a little Randy. That's right: did you know that any movie can be Randy Newman-ized with a jaunty tune?

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Movie Favorites: Act I

Movie Favorites: Act I

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Movie Favorites: Act II

Movie Favorites: Act II

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Movie Favorites: Act III

Movie Favorites: Act III

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He Blinded Me With Science

Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. Get brainy with VIP Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire.

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Got Game

Got Game

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Accidental Science

Accidental Science

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The Puzzle Master Takes On The Puzzle Grasshopper

This week, famous works of art and literature are slapped with product placement, we honor "Weird Al" Yankovic's timeless tunes, and one of Ask Me Another's own challenges the puzzle world master, Will Shortz, in an anagram showdown for the ages.

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Sublime Rhymes

Sublime Rhymes

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Special Pundits Unit

In the Ask Me Another justice system, contestants are quizzed by two separate yet equally important groups: the puzzle gurus, who investigate pop culture and word oddities, and the score keepers, who prosecute the answers. This week, hear their stories as we test our V.I.P., political pundit Keli Goff, on her favorite series, Law & Order.

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Top Row

Top Row

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Call Me M.B.

Call Me M.B.

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Buy A Vowel

Buy A Vowel

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